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State of the System: Oakland A’s

Puk, Puason help strike balance as club looks to remain contenders
December 18, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. So much was different during the 60-game

A's Luzardo tosses 6 1/3 scoreless innings

No. 13 overall prospect fans seven in longest outing as a pro
August 20, 2020

Jesus Luzardo entered Wednesday's start against the D-backs determined to prove that what he's shown through his professional career to this point is just the tip of the iceberg -- that he's got another gear he can tap. Mission accomplished. MLB Pipeline's No. 13 overall prospect showcased exactly that as

Cream of the crop opening 2020 in the Majors

Best Minors has to offer ready to take their shots in the bigs
July 23, 2020

The kids are all grown up. Some of the best and brightest prospects baseball has to offer have found their way onto Major League rosters for the opening of the 2020 season. In a sport in which players are conditioned to pace themselves for a six-month marathon, the 60-game schedule

Oakland's Luzardo tests positive for COVID-19

Baseball's No. 12 prospect required to self-isolate for two weeks
July 7, 2020

Top A's prospect Jesus Luzardo has tested positive for COVID-19 and will need to self-isolate for at least 14 days, per Major League Baseball protocol. Ranked as's No. 12 overall prospect, Luzardo was already on the A's 40-man roster and expected to boost a solid big league rotation, along

Prospects in the Athletics' 2020 player pool

Talented Oakland system ready to fill the gaps when needed
July 3, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Lux, Luzardo find a way to crash The Show

Top prospects mingling with veterans in video game tournament
April 27, 2020

Before reporting to Spring Training this year, Gavin Lux had established himself as a rising five-tool player. In 2019, the top Dodgers prospect batted .347/.421/.607 between Double-A and Triple-A before earning his first crack at the Majors. Eight days after his callup, the Dodgers clinched their seventh straight National League West

Toolshed dream lineup: The 22-year-olds

Big names like Lux, Robert, Rutschman crowd hypothetical roster
April 14, 2020

There may be no Minor League Baseball games yet, but that's not going to stop us from dreaming about lineups.In the coming weeks, Toolshed will craft the best possible prospect lineups, sorted by age. The opening edition focused on teenagers, the second looked at 20-year-olds and last week's featured 21-year-olds. This time, we

Carlson, Luzardo lead top spring performers

Cardinals outfielder steps up; Athletics left-hander dazzles
March 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic may have shortened the looks at Minor Leaguers this spring, but some Top-100 performers still were able to make impressions.Cardinals OF Dylan Carlson (No. 17 overall) -- Carlson was called upon more than any other prospect in's Top 100 this spring, and St. Louis' top prospect

Luzardo electric in A's victory

No. 18 overall prospect fans eight, allows run over 3 1/3 innings
March 7, 2020

Jesus Luzardo missed a lot of bats on Saturday's No. 18 overall prospect recorded eight strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits and a walk, as the Athletics topped the Mariners, 8-4, in Cactus League action at Peoria Sports Complex.

Winter Meetings notes: A's, Rays, Angels

Prospect updates on Luzardo, Puk, Murphy, McKay, Adell
December 10, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Bob Melvin has led some pretty good A's teams since becoming Oakland manager in 2011, including back-to-back 97-win clubs in the past two seasons. Yet he's particularly excited about the 2020 campaign for two big prospect-related reasons -- top prospectJesus Luzardo and No. 2 A.J. Puk."We've been

A's to call up Luzardo from Triple-A

No. 18 overall prospect will join big league club Monday
September 8, 2019

Jesus Luzardo believed he was ready for the Majors. Now the A's do, too.Oakland's top prospect will join the big league club in Houston on Monday. He last pitched Friday for Triple-A Las Vegas. When he debuts, Luzardo will become the first Peruvian-born player to reach the game's highest level.

2019 Pacific Coast League playoff preview

Express, Cubs seek first PCL title; Aviators face River Cats
September 4, 2019

The Pacific Coast League playoffs look nothing like last season's edition. All four of this year's teams missed the postseason in 2018.In terms of past championships, Sacramento has the most with four, but they all came when the club was an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Now affiliated with the

A's Luzardo shines in longest start of '19

No. 19 overall prospect equals career high with 10 strikeouts
August 31, 2019

As if he hadn't been tested enough this season, Jesus Luzardo checked off another box in his hopeful push to the Majors on Friday.In his longest start of the season, the top A's prospect matched his career high with 10 strikeouts over six innings. He gave up a run while scattering

Prospect Roundup: Games of August 25

A's Luzardo puts up zeros; Rangers' Jung collects three hits
August 26, 2019

A's LHP Jesus Luzardo, Triple-A Las Vegas: 4.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K-- Oakland's top prospect continued his journey to the Major Leagues in the Aviators' 2-0 blanking of Tacoma. Luzardo was dealing with shoulder troubles earlier in the season and exited a rehab start in July after

Luzardo dominates in Ports rehab start

Top A's prospect fans seven of 10 over three hitless innings
August 11, 2019

This season has been far from what Jesus Luzardo envisioned.Following a stellar Spring Training, the top A's prospect seemed to be a lock to debut in the big league starting rotation. Instead, he's spent most of the season on the injured list. It's been a trying road to recovery, but

Lat strain sidelines Luzardo indefinitely

Top A's prospect left last start after four innings with tightness
July 4, 2019

Jesus Luzardo is back on the shelf.One night after leaving his start with Triple-A Las Vegas after four innings, the top A's prospect will be out indefinitely with a Grade 2 strain of his latissimus dorsi muscle, the team announced Wednesday.

Luzardo fans nine, leaves Ports for Aviators

A's top prospect allows a run over four frames in final Cal outing
June 16, 2019

Jesus Luzardo's last outing in the California League was his final one. He's jumping back to the Pacific Coast League.Oakland's top prospect allowed an earned run on four hits while striking out nine batters over four innings of relief in Class A Advanced Stockton's 10-2 romp over Modesto at John

Luzardo, Puk strong in returns for Ports

Top two A's prospects throw 33 pitches each in season debuts
June 12, 2019

The Stockton Ports hosted the highly anticipated season debut of a top A's pitching prospect Tuesday night. Then they did it again.A.J. Puk,'s No. 35 overall prospect, struck out four over two innings, allowing one run in his first appearance since 2017. He was followed by 13th-ranked Jesus Luzardo, who threw

Report: Puk to make 2019 debut with Ports

A's No. 2 prospect to start Tuesday; Luzardo to follow from 'pen
June 8, 2019

The top two prospects in the A's system haven't pitched in a Minor League game all season. That's expected to change this week.Oakland No. 2 prospect A.J. Puk will start for Class A Advanced Stockton against San Jose on Tuesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The left-hander had Tommy John

Athletics Prospect Primer: Arms rising

Luzardo, Puk getting closer to taking Oakland center stage
March 27, 2019

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2019 season approaching, takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Shining star: Jesus Luzardo, LHPIt

A's Luzardo shut down with shoulder strain

Top left-handed prospect expected to miss four to six weeks
March 21, 2019

Jesus Luzardo's pursuit of a spot in the A's rotation came to a stunning halt early Thursday.The top A's prospect has been shut down for four to six weeks with a strained left rotator cuff, ending any chance he had of cracking the Opening Day roster.'s No. 12 overall prospect felt

A's Luzardo continues to stifle big leaguers

No. 12 overall prospect fans six, maintains 0.00 spring ERA
March 5, 2019

Jesus Luzardo's first two spring appearances were quite impressive. They paled in comparison to his's No. 12 overall prospect struck out six over 2 2/3 hitless innings, walking two batters and hitting another as the A's topped the Rangers, 4-1, in Spring Training action on Tuesday at Hohokam Stadium."He's so aware

Toolshed: 2019 Spring Training preview

Top-100 prospects head to Arizona, Florida with plenty to prove
February 12, 2019

Pitchers and catchers are coming, pitchers and catchers are coming.One of the most optimistic times of the year arrived Sunday when pitchers and catchers reported to Oakland Athletics camp in Mesa, Arizona, officially beginning Spring Training in 2019. Most other tandems will report Tuesday and Wednesday with position players coming

Lefty Luzardo headlines A's All-Stars

Southpaw climbed to Minor Leagues' highest level at age 20
November 28, 2018

Each offseason, goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club.The American League West was full of storylines going into 2018. The Astros were coming

Toolshed: September expansion preview

A look at which top prospects should, could, won't move up soon
August 31, 2018

The prospects are coming. The prospects are coming.Major League active rosters are set to expand Saturday, Sept. 1, allowing teams the opportunity to include any members of their 40-man rosters in time for the final playoff push. That means a good amount of's Top 100 Prospects will pour into